Rise Blog Tour

Hey Everyone! As you can see, I am participating in a blog tour hosted by XPRESSO BLOG TOURS for the book, RISE. They have kindly provided me with a copy of this book to review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way.

The blog post will have the following format if you are interested!

  • Giveaway information
  • Book Links
  • Book Review
  • About the Author

Giveaway Information:

The following prize is what you could win (INTL)

  • $50 Amazon gift card and a set of paperback copies of book 1-4 in the Coven of Fire series

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Links:

Book Review  

Title:  Rise
Author: Sierra Cross
Series: Spelldrift: Coven of Fire #1
Publisher: Enigmatic Books
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: Ebook
Pages: 258
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Reading Timeline: 23 January 2018 - 24 January 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

I closed the door on magic long ago... the day it made me an orphan.

Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives — my mother among them — to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it's back. 

As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I'm the key to reviving the coven. And there's an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who's promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing. 

One problem: I've never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don't have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven. 

Can we — three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian — take back the city... before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This is another book that I have seen popping up everywhere. I've seen it recommend to me on Amazon and on bookbub. I am kind of excited to see where this book takes us.

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy for this book! I cannot wait to jump into this book. Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was really good. It pulled me in straight away, the detail added made it feel as if you were there with Alix. I loved the dialogue it was natural and fun. I loved reading this book.

Plot Thoughts:

Whilst the original plot line is not entirely unique, the author puts an interesting spin on things in this book. From seeing Alix's incredible bartending skills to her fighting scenes, the author puts an interesting twist on a cliche. I loved everything about the plot. There were times where I wanted things to pick up a bit of pace but other than that, I was absorbed into this book from page one.

Character Thoughts:

I thought the somewhat insta-love was a bit too much but at the same time just enough. I loved that there was tension between Alix and Matt but when they are with other people it seems to dissipate. I loved how the three witches didn't have the same personalties but rather ones that almost contradicted each other. The characters did fall flat sometimes but they were all likeable when they needed to be and unlikeable when it was called for.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. It definitely met my expectations and in some cases exceeded it. The writing was perfect, drawing you in and allowing you to see everything unfold. The plot was filled with action and moments that were tense. The characters were likeable but they did fall flat every now and again. But other than that, I cannot wait for the next book! Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy go this book!

About the Author:

Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark  demonic forces that threaten them all.

Yours in Reading,

Melleny Smith


  1. The writing sounds compelling and I love it when you're just drawn it by the style. Glad you liked it !:)


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